Moto2 and Moto3 round-up, Brno: Kallio and Salom win with superb timing

Brno race day kicked off with Moto2 and it was an action packed affair, eventually won by Mika Kallio, his first victory since 2008.
         Kallio wins in Brno!                       

Photo:Marc VDS

After a close run race Marc VDS celebrated their third win of the season when Kallio pulled away through the last corners for his first Moto2 win.
That meant that Takaaki Nakagami had to settle for second for the second weekend running, despite opting to save his tyres instead of leading as he tried in Indianapolis.
Third went to Tom Luthi, all the more impressive from his eighth place start and considering the severity of his pre-season injury. The Swiss rider was also the first Suter to take the chequered flag after the Kalex’s of Italtrans rider Nakagami and Kallio.
Fourth saw the first appearance of one of the title hopeful., Pol Espargaro made a late charge for the poduim but could not make up the ground he had lost earlier to Terol, Zarco and Redding as he battled his way through the pack.
Johann Zarco held on for fifth for the Came Iodaproject ahead of Aspar’s Nico Terol and Indy race winner Tito Rabat in sixth and seventh.
Championship leader Scott Redding made the best of a bad weekend and damage limitation saw him hold on to eighth. Previously Redding had not scored a single point at Brno on any of his Moto2 appearances.
Simone Corsi tried in vain to catch the Brit but settled for ninth for NGM Forward Racing but was the best of the Sped Up racers.
Jordi Torres took a solid tenth for Aspar ahead of Xavier Simeon in eleventh.
Twelfth went to British rider Danny Kent for Tech3, his best Moto2 performance to date.
The remaining points went to Dominique Aegerter in 13th, Mattia Pasini in 14th and Toni Elias in 15th.
Gino Rea was forced to retire on just lap seven of the race.
Moto3 may have had a long wait, and only just finished before the rain arrived, but it was still full of the usual mayhem expected from the class.
The spoils went to Luis Salom. The injured Spanish rider has been hobbling around on crutches when not on his bike and sat in fourth on his Red Bull KTM Ajo for much of the distance to pounce in a calculated fashion on the last lap and pull away for the win.
Second went to Team Calvo’s Maverick Vinales, slipping past his rivals in the final corner to keep his perfect podium record in Moto3, one which now matches that of Fausto Gresini in the lightwight class, in 1987 he won the opening 10 races of the 125cc championship.
Third was stolen by Mapfre Aspar’s Jonas Folger, the only non Spanish rider to make the poduim this season, he took his second rostrum of the year with some amazing slipstreaming and then took full advantage of the huge hole left on the track by the warring Estrella Galicia team-mates.
They were the next to cross the line with Alex Rins narrowly beating Alex Marquez to the line, when they raced each other out of the top spots by comprting with each other, allowing both Vinales and Folger past.
Sixth was filled by the highest placing Honda of Alexis Masbou, almost keeping pace with the frontrunners for the entire distance for Ongetta-Rivacold, as did Jack Miller in seventh, with tyre choice eventually playing a part for the injured Australian.
Czech rider Jakub Kornfeil took eighth in his home race ahead of the Mahindras of Miguel Oliveira and Efren Vazquez in ninth and eleventh, with Go and Fun Gresini rider Niccolo Antonelli nestled betwwen them in tenth.
The fight for points in the middle of the pack was fierce with Alessandro Tonucci in in twelfth and lone Brit John McPhee in 12th and 13th, McPhee having been has high as fifth before falling down the order, as with Fellow Caretta rider Miller, his soft tyres faded away.
The Red Bull Ktm Ajo bikes of Arthur Sissis and Zulfahmi Khairuddin took the last of the points in 14thand 15th respectively. 
Moto2 Brno Race Result Top 15:
 1. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 40m 58.770
2. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 40m 59.277
3. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 40m 59.785
4. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 40m 59.851
5. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 41m 0.010
6. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 41m 3.557
7. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 41m 16.408
8. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 41m 20.150
9. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 41m 20.174
10. Niccolò Antonelli ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 41m 20.286
11. Efren Vazquez SPA Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 41m 20.549
12. Alessandro Tonucci ITA La Fonte Tascaracing (FTR Honda) 41m 21.424
13. John McPhee GBR Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 41m 22.807
14. Arthur Sissis AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 41m 29.814
15. Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 41m 37.968
Moto3 Brno Race Result Top 15:
 1. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 11.785
2. Takaaki Nakagami JPN Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 12.375
3. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 (Suter) 41m 12.584
4. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 41m 12.750
5. Johann Zarco FRA Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 41m 12.885
6. Nicolas Terol SPA Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 41m 13.324
7. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 41m 14.281
8. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 16.275
9. Simone Corsi ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 41m 17.562
10. Jordi Torres SPA Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 41m 17.581
11. Xavier Simeon BEL Maptaq SAG Zelos Team (Kalex) 41m 20.426
12. Danny Kent GBR Tech 3 (Tech 3) 41m 24.210
13. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 41m 24.275
 14. Mattia Pasini ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 41m 30.382
15. Toni Elias SPA Blusens Avintia (Kalex) 41m 36.212

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